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MSc Analytical Sciences

1 year 2 years School of Chemistry Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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Introduction

The MSc in Analytical Sciences is designed to give graduates in science and related subjects a systematic training in the application of modern analytical methods. It aims to provide the necessary practical, interpretative analytical skills to apply a wide range of analytical techniques to key areas of application.

The course looks to develop a solid set of practical skills leading to specialist applications and employment opportunities as an analytical scientist in; Pharmaceutical, Forensic, Archaeological and Environmental analytical sciences. Students can benefit from specialist research laboratories and instrumentation in a research-focused environment. Students can graduate with an array of interdisciplinary practical skills, developed through specialist lectures, workshops, hands on laboratory and analytical experience.

How You Study

The course is designed to offer learning, including continued professional development, for both full-time and part-time studies.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours on this programme may vary depending on each individual module and the stage of study. Postgraduate study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to at least spend two - three hours in independent study.

The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, laboratory practicals, research and one-to-one learning.

Please contact the programme leader for more information.

How You Are Assessed

The way students will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:2 Chemistry Degree or in a Science subject (e.g. Biosciences, Pharmaceutical Science, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Geology, Geography, Enviromental Science, Archaeological Science or have substantive equivalent experience.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent. http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

Key Contacts

Academic:
Dr Tasnim Munshi
tmunshi@lincoln.ac.uk
+44(0)1522 83 7477

Enquiries:
pgenquiries@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0)1522 886644

Master's Level

Analytical Data Analysis (Core)

This module aims to develop students' knowledge of the value of statistical data in analytical science and how this data can be used to design experiments alongside extracting meaning from data acquired from analytical experiments. The module will also provide knowledge of statistical software and how to best utilise it to achieve reliable and meaningful results and their presentation in a wide range of professional contexts.

Atomic and Molecular Methods of Analysis (Core)

This module aims to provide specialist knowledge in the principles of atomic and molecular spectroscopy, instrumental fundamentals, design of experiments and sample preparation. Including case studies related to applications in specialist areas and recent advances.

The specialist knowledge is reinforced by the ‘hands-on’ practical component and will include use of the research instrumentation for collecting and analysing data, troubleshooting and method development/enhancement. The practical sessions will also involve following written experimental protocols, working in a small groups, and working to deadlines.

Bioanalytical Methods and Sensor Technologies (Core)

This inter-disciplinary module introduces the biology, physics and chemistry behind some the most common and emerging sensors used in analytical science and their mode of action. The special challenges of bioanalytical methods provides a modern context for specific sensor development and case studies will be presented from forensic, pharmaceutical and healthcare contexts for development of sensors.

Chromatography and Mass Spectrometric Methods (Core)

This module provides specialist knowledge in the principles of separation science and hyphenated methods of analysis, principally mass spectrometry. The programme introduces instrumental fundamentals, design of experiments, sample preparation and derivatisation. Including case studies related to applications in specialist areas and recent advances.

Specialist knowledge is reinforced by the ‘hands-on’ practical component and includes use of the research instrumentation for collecting and analysing data, troubleshooting, method development/enhancement. The practical sessions involve following written experimental protocols, working in a small group, and working to deadlines.

Materials and Structural Analytical Methods (Core)

This module aims to develop specialist knowledge of the two major methods for structural analysis of molecular materials: NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography. The physical basis of these techniques is explored in detail and related to instrumentation. Processes of sample preparation, the selection of appropriate modern experimentation and use of computational analysis to achieve full structure determinations are considered in detail.

The specialist knowledge is reinforced by a ‘hands on’ practical components and will include use of research instrumentation and software, to collect, process and analyse data, and troubleshoot method development. The practical sessions will also involve following written experimental protocols, working in a small group, and working to deadlines.

Method Development and Validation (Core)

This module comprises two main components:
The first will provide fundamental knowledge concerning strategies for Sampling, Data analysis, Reporting, Quality assurance and Quality control, Numerical and IT skills, and Safety in relation to analytical science.
The second will provide the general introductory principles and a theoretical understanding of a range of instrumental analytical techniques and their applications. The module aims to provide the background knowledge needed for an understanding of the various principles discussed in greater detail in other modules

Research Project (Core)

This module provides students with opportunity to apply chemical knowledge & laboratory skills to an extended practical research study. This is designed to further develop professional skills including the use of online literature/chemical data searching; the ability to critically review relevant published literature & written/oral presentation of research activities.

Special Features

Focus in the modules relating to the analytical instruments includes lectures, workshops and hands-on laboratory and instrument sessions with a team of interdisciplinary specialists in the area.

Facilities

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

View our campus pages to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities: http://lncn.eu/gjp8

Career and Personal Development

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages here http://bit.ly/1lAS1Iz.

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Tuition Fees

  2017/18 Entry*
Home/EU £7,300
Home/EU
(including Alumni Scholarship 30% reduction)
£5,110
Home/EU 
(including Non-Alumni Scholarship 20% reduction)
£5,840
International £13,800
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)
£11,800
   
 Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point
 Part-time International £77 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility

Loans

A new system of postgraduate loans for Master's courses will be introduced in the UK, beginning from the 2016-17 academic year. Find out if you are eligible.

Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/feesandfunding/].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.